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ANTS – KNOW YOUR ENEMY!

Bayer’s Amplify program is a way for pest managers to upskill in the area of pest identification, with the Ant Identification course proving perennially popular.

Ants are one of the most difficult pests to control. When if comes to successfully treating ants, “knowledge is power”. The different species have different colony structures, different nesting and foraging behaviours and different food preferences, be it fats & oils, sugar or protein. To formulate a successful treatment plan you need to correctly identify and understand the biology of the species you are dealing with.

Flowing on from this, setting customer expectations is extremely important. Depending on the species of ant, where the infestation is and type of treatment you propose, this will all have a varying effect on the ant population, the time it takes to gain control and level of residual control achieved.

There is no ‘one solution for all’ when it comes to ant control and any treatment program is also impacted by the location of the infestation. Australian households certainly share a close co-habitat with ants – they may appear in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or outside.

Structural infesting ants are a very serious problem for professional pest managers across the world. Ants can cause damage to timber and infest electrical wiring causing shorting of electrical components and fire, in fact along with rodents and cockroaches, ants are one of the leading causes of “unexplained” house fires. Not only do they infest homes, but motor vehicles, aircraft and communication systems, so the problem is very broad.

Perhaps the worst of all ant problems we encounter is in our hospitals and health care facilities, such as aged care homes. The constant foraging of these ants spreads infections such as golden Staph, Salmonella, Clostridium and Streptococcus.

So how can you improve your ant knowledge to develop your skills and improve your services?

Bayer backs all its products with a training package that is unique in the pest control industry; the Bayer Amplify Program, which has been operating now for more than four years. The program includes over 25 online training courses, including Bayer Best Practice Ant Control, Cockroach Management and Bedbug Control.

However, our most popular course, the Ant Identification course, has been completed more than twice as many times as the next popular course – ants are clearly a serious concern for Australian pest controllers. They appreciate the course content and the confidence it gives them to tackle ant problems.

Bayer’s specialised ant control range features three complementary products, giving the professional pest manager everything they need to control these difficult pests:

Temprid75 – the dual mode of action residual spray combining non-repellent and repellent insecticides, the only spray you need for ant control.

Maxforce Quantum – the ideal bait companion to Temprid enabling effective control of sugar feeding ants in even the most sensitive areas.

Maxforce Complete – the new ant granule, which is a food bait attractive to protein, fat and oil feeding ants.

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